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Wednesday 27th January 2016

A pair of Stonechats were around the observatory building, a path side Woodcock was disturbed early morning and on the sea birds recorded included a pair of Eider, three Red-throated Divers, three Red-breasted Mergansers and two Fulmar. The flock of c20 Twite were again present near the coal barn in Thornham Harbour.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Hen Harrier Choseley Drying Barns not Gyrfalcon, processed in error. PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Juvenile Male Pallid Harrier Flitcham at 12:45 briefly 1/2ml E/of B1153 off Abbey Road at Abbey Farm + Ringtail Hen Harrier & 60 Brambling minimum PE31 6BU TF726266
> Norfolk 13 Common Crane Hickling Broad NWT at Stubb Mill roost + Male Hen Harrier NR12 0BW TG429221
> Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Warham Greens NR23 1QD TF943437
> Norfolk Great White Egret Bowthorpe Marsh at 09:53
> Norfolk 4 Caspian Gull East Winch S/of A47 & N/of riding school + 3 Yellow-legged Gull
> Norfolk 5 Hen Harrier Cley NWT + 2 Water Pipit NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 2 Velvet Scoter Titchwell RSPB offshore early a/noon PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 20 Twite Thornham Harbour at 13:30 opposite stone barn TF728441 TF728441
> Norfolk Slavonian Grebe Titchwell RSPB on the sea at midday + Black-necked Grebe PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 2 Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB on drained pool PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Sandwich Tern E/past Overstrand at 09:05 NR27 0PF TG246410